Preparation, characterisation and catalytic activity of gold nanoparticles supported on Co3O4
by Tran Thi Minh Nguyet; Tran Que Chi; Quach Thi Hoang Yen; Nguyen Thi Toan; Nguyen Quoc Trung; Luu Tien Hung
International Journal of Nanotechnology (IJNT), Vol. 10, No. 3/4, 2013

Abstract: Gold nanoparticles supported on Co3O4 (Au:Co3O4 = 1:25) were prepared by co-precipitation method. The co-precipitate was studied by using a thermal analysis (Differential Thermal Analysis - DTA and a Differential Thermal Gravimetric Analysis - DTGA). The characterisations of the sample were investigated by using an X-ray Diffraction (XRD), a High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM) and a selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The particle size of gold pieces is less than 4.5 nm and more than 85% of the gold particles were smaller than 3.5 nm. The cobalt oxide Co3O4 has grain sizes in the range of 7-20 nm. The specific surface area was determined by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method (BET) as 69 m²/g. The studies of catalytic properties showed that the total conversion temperature (T100) for CO and C3H6 oxidation was relatively low at 27°C and 200°C, respectively. The catalyst having high activity for CO oxidation at ambient temperature could be a good candidate for environment treatment.

Online publication date: Fri, 05-Apr-2013

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